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Ziro Tourism And Travel Guide
3° C / 37.4° F
March to October
3 to 4 Days
Johan (93 kms)
Naharalagun (100 kms)
If you want to spend some quality time in nature's lap, then Ziro is the place for you. It is also called the peace lovers' paradise. The scenic beauty of this place will relax and rejuvenate you. The lush green paddy plantations surrounded by Bamboo forest and the snow-capped Himalayas at a distance will mesmerise your senses. Tourism in Ziro is the ultimate relaxation. This place not only has the scenic beauty but has many historical and archaeological places which you should not miss. You can indulge in many adventure sports like rafting, Camping, Trekking and Angling. Ziro is one of the most bewitching places on earth. Be the first to show the world the most scenic part of the country, which is still not captured by cameras. Here is a travel guide to Ziro.
How to Reach
If you want to visit this tiny haven, then connectivity is definitely not on the list of concerns. It is well-connected and you can choose to plan your trip according to your convenience.
The nearest International airport is Guwahati which is 443 km from Ziro. You can either take a night train or bus to reach Ziro. The nearest airport is in Johan (Assam), which is 93 km from Ziro; the other airport is Lilabari which is at a distance of 123 km, but the connectivity to both the airport is erratic.
The nearest railway station to Ziro is Naharalagun (100 km) and North Lakhimpur (117 km). You can either take a bus or taxi form these places to reach Ziro.
Ziro is well connected by road. Direct private buses and Arunachal Pradesh state buses are available from Itanagar, North Lakhimpur and Guwahati to Ziro. The roads are well maintained and the travel should not be a problem. The bus journey will be a memorable one because you get to see the ravishing beauty of the place.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The weather of this place is very pleasant throughout the year. You can plan your trip to this beautiful place any time of the year, except during winter which may be a bit cold.
Summers are the best time to visit Ziro. The temperature is between 6 to 20 degree Celsius, making it a good time for the visitors to visit the place.
Monsoon is also pleasant in Ziro with temperature ranging between 6 to 19 degree. Ziro experiences maximum rainfall during this period and hence most outdoor activities may not be possible. But because of the rain, the scenic beauty of the place is enhanced. It is worth visiting this place during monsoon to experience beauty at its best. The music festival is also held in the month of September.
Early winter i.e. early November may be a good time to visit Ziro to see the snow-capped mountains of the Ziro valley. Later the temperature dips to all-time low like -13 degree Celsius which is not a great time to visit the valley.
Things to Do
There are so many places in India, some are known for their scenic beauty, others for their archaeological wonder. It also has a number of religious sites. Some of them are mentioned below.
Talle valley wildlife sanctuary:
It is a 334 Sq. Km. wildlife sanctuary, 30 km from Ziro. It is also declared as a biodiversity zone. It is a beautiful forest range with many trees like pine, silver fir trees, ferns, orchids, bamboo and rhododendrons. Endangered animals like clouded leopard and leopards are also found here.
Tarin Fish farm:
Witness a unique way of cultivating rice and high altitude fish on the same farm. In this method, two crops of rice and one crop of fish are raised together. The agricultural methods of the Apatanis have drawn attention worldwide and it is responsible for sustaining the ecological balance in the valley. This has earned Ziro Valley the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ tag.
Trekking in Ziro:
Ziro is the place to be in if you love adventure sports; the place has many trekking trails like the telly valley trek, Dolo Mando Trek, Hakhe Tari Trek etc. Which will leave you spellbound with its scenic beauty.
Camping in Ziro:
In case you love camping and want to be in the lap of nature, then set up a camp near the ‘Pange River’ basin. You will be mesmerized with the scenic beauty; surrounded by wild tall trees with colorful birds and the hills.
Rafting in Ziro:
You can also go rafting in the river Kamle and Siang which will be a wonderful experience. But remember rafting in Ziro is not for the beginners because the tides here are of grade 3 and above. You can also go on a cycling expedition and enjoy bird watching in this beautiful and scenic place.
Ziro Music Festival (22nd Sep-25th Sep):
Ziro music festival is held every year in the month of September for four days in the picturesque valley of Ziro. It is an outdoor music festival which brings artists from all over India to showcase their talent. The main aim of the music festival is to show the talent of the North-eastern state of India. You should visit this Festival to know about the culture, hospitality and to taste their unique cuisine. You can either take accommodation in the hotel or opt for camps which give you the real experience of this beautiful place. The is the place for you if you are a music enthusiast.
Holiday in Ziro is incomplete if you don’t visit important places like the 5000 years old ‘Meghna Cave Temple’, ‘Sidheshwar Nath Shiv Linga’, and ‘Pine Grove.’
What to Eat
Rice is the staple food of Arunachal Pradesh, but the way they cook rice is quite different. They cook the rice in hollow Bamboo over hot coal to get a different flavor. All other dishes made of Bamboo shoots, Pika Pila (a type of pickle mostly made by the Apatani tribe), Pehak (made from fermented soya bean and chilli) etc. are the side dishes you can enjoy with rice. They also serve a wide range of Momos. Don’t forget to enjoy the local rice Beer (Apong) and Millet Beer (Marua) when you visit Ziro.
What to Shop
The people of Ziro are known for their vibrant clothes if you want to add colour to your wardrobe, shop for their local clothes. Apatani Handloom is something you should not miss. There are a few local markets where you can buy items, like bamboo baskets, colourful rugs, scarves, and jackets.